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English nameBorve (Skye)
Gaelic nameBorbh
Genitive formBhuirbh

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Snizort
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number410
OS grid referenceNG443481
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG borgh ~ fort
Element typefortification

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notes 
SourcesBorgh & Borbh Dwelly 1912 (location not confirmed)
Borve, Borbhaidh Forbes 1923, 87
Beinn Bhuirbh.: Forbes, 68

Borve, Borbaidh, etc. In borgh and borbh, the gh and bh are sounded like v in latter. There are two places of this name in Skye, one in Skeabost, another in Snizort, at south end of Loch Grishernish. The meaning is 'Little Borg' or fort, etc. Cf. ' Borgue.' This word almost always indicates the location of a pre-Norse Pictish tower. See ‘Dun’ sometimes prefixed. Cf. ‘Caisteal Bhuiridh’ in Benbecula.: Forbes, 87
Additional infoBorve Junction ~ Ceann-rathad Bhuirbh
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